Japanese Short Sword with Shino Gunto blade
The shin guntō (新軍刀, new military sword) was a weapon and symbol of rank used by the Imperial Japanese Army between the years of 1935 and 1945. During most of that period, the swords were manufactured at the Toyokawa Naval Arsenal. This example is a shortened version with a stylized blade and fairly decent hardware and scabbard. The parts are mismatched with various styles of creatures on the handle and parts. It includes a small knife with a very interesting handle. The blade is clean and sharp. An inexpensive example of a short sword made in the 20th century.